RAIN & SHINE

A BACKPACK FOR EVERY SEASON

100% waterproof body and the ability to house a solar panel to charge on the go.

 Rain & Shine is ready to take on whatever conditions the day has in store.

 

Design Brief: in two weeks, create a bag to fit into the Nava Design product line

Solution: a versatile daypack for young active users to take from campus to the trails 

RESEARCH

Product Lines

  • bags & accessories

  • diaries, planners, calendars, notebooks

  • home office decor 

  • timepieces 

 

Users

  • young

  • trendy

  • stylish

  • urban

  • sophisticated

Bag Innovations/Features

  • reflective stripe

  • padded laptop pocket

  • waterproof body

  • easy access outside pocket

  • stitching detail

  • solid color

IDEATION & DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

At this stage I knew I wanted to incorporate a mini solar panel charger, but needed to decide between a school bag and a backpacking pack. Given the time constraint and brand focus, I decided to move forward with a hybrid of both and create a backpack for school and day hikes.

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MATERIAL BOARD

Maroon Cordura

waterproof exterior

Reflective Grey Rayon

waterproof interior whose color makes it easy to find things inside the bag

Binding Tape

protect bottom seam

Reflective Tape

maximize visability

Netting

solar panel pocket

Zipper Pulls

ergonomic and easy to grab

Whistle Buckle

safety feature on chest strap connection

Strap Hardware

adjustable straps

Black Webbing

durable straps

Waterproof Zipper

maintains watertight seams

Large Buckle

waist strap connection

PROTOTYPING

 

I created a model of the backpack in Rhino and used the flatten feature to create a stencil (first in paper and later in cardboard). This prototype was my first experience pattern making, and allowed me to work through challenges such as determining the correct order of operations. 

FINAL PROTOTYPE

 

After problem solving and re-evaluating some of my previous design choices I decided to eliminate the hip straps, change the pockets to be incorporated into the design (opposed to appliqué pockets), make the bottom seam be internal (instead of covered in binding tape), and add the reflective stripe.

FEATURES

  • Waterproof body, zippers, and inner liner

  • Simple body construction from one piece of fabric to eliminate unnecessary seams

  • Netted pocket for solar panel connected to an interior pocket that holds a phone or charge stick

  • Two interior pockets

  • Padded laptop sleeve

  • Top pocket for keys and a wallet

  • Vertical zipper to allow easy access to the bottom of the bag

  • Parallel reflective stripe for visibility while biking

  • Safety whistle on chest strap buckle 

  • Ergonomic straps